VA Governor endorses Romney

posted at 9:15 am on January 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Newt Gingrich claimed the South as his native land in Monday’s debate, but so far it’s a Northeasterner who’s racking up the endorsements of southern governors.  Today, Virginia’s Bob McDonnell joined South Carolina’s Nikki Haley as endorsers of Mitt Romney.  McDonnell will also join Romney and Haley on the campaign trail:

Gov. Bob McDonnell this morning endorsed Mitt Romney’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination, calling him a “results-oriented conservative” who can appeal to Democrats and independents.

McDonnell, making his choice known on the eve of the hotly contested South Carolina primary, said on CNBC’s Squawkbox that he will tell voters there that Romney has the best chance to beat President Barack Obama in November.

“My message will be if you want to win the race in November, vote for Mitt Romney,” McDonnell said. “He can win Democrats and independents to our cause.”

McDonnell is in New York City this morning for a state-related economic development meeting, but will fly to South Carolina this afternoon to join Romney, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and others at a rally in Charleston. He will travel to Greenville with Romney for a campaign event tonight and stay for a Saturday morning event before returning to Richmond.

The Times-Dispatch considers this an inevitable choice by McDonnell.  With Perry out of the race, Romney is the last governor standing, and since McDonnell helms the Republican Governors Association at the moment, gubernatorial experience weighs heavily on his choices.  McDonnell has said as much publicly, advising voters to look for a candidate with state-level executive experience, and Perry’s exit leaves McDonnell only one opportunity to take his own advice.

Not that Romney will mind much that it took a default to get McDonnell’s endorsement.  With Gingrich gaining on him, Romney needs all of the high-profile endorsements he can gather, especially in the South.  McDonnell had been popular among conservatives when running for office in 2009, along with Chris Christie in the unusual off-year cycle.  McDonnell has a quieter approach than Christie but has governed more conservatively.  He has used his veto to sharply restrict state funding for abortions, and his proposal to end the state’s monopoly on liquor stores has more libertarian-minded conservatives cheering as well.

How much will this help in South Carolina?  It comes a little late in the primary schedule for it to have a lot of impact, but McDonnell may have more impact in Florida.  I’d expect to see a lot of him next week as Romney tries to get his campaign either back on track or heading for the home stretch with a big win in the Sunshine State. McDonnell might also be a consideration for Romney as a running mate in the general election, if Romney manages to win the nomination, as a man who could help attract conservatives without overshadowing the top of the ticket.


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Changes nothing today. Next week, maybe.

listens2glenn on January 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM

John Sununu made a vigorous defense of Mitt today with Byron York on Bennett, and also knocked Newt down, took his shoes off, tied them together, and threw them over a phone line.

It was impressive.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell endorses Mitt Romney for President,

calls Romney an ‘effective leader his entire life’ – NBC

NewsStory metadata:
Submitted 1 hour ago by editor
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Egads,I hope thats not,”Community”,in front of “Effective Leader”!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Who cares? There’s nobody else on the ballot.

ElectricPhase on January 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM

“He can win Democrats and independents to our cause.”

It truly is “deja-vu all over again”.

Marcus on January 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM

At least he didn’t pick the pervert speaker.

Falz on January 20, 2012 at 9:22 AM

listens2glenn on January 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Considering that Romney and Paul are the only ones on the VA balot it means everything.

NickDeringer on January 20, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Has the VA GOP privatized bottled liquor sales yet?

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Good. Nice move, governor.

changer1701 on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Way ta go, “Tea Party”.
How many RINOs and whackjobs have y’all supported and/or gotten elected thus far? Why do they always turn on y’all?
And why, oh WHY, are they endorsing Mittens?
Bizarre = Ø credibility.
Nikki Haley should be THE prime example of the most recent screw-up.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Newt Gingrich claimed the South as his native land in Monday’s debate, but so far it’s a Northeasterner who’s racking up the endorsements of southern governors.

Not to mention the fact that as a Virginia resident McDonnell is Newt’s governor.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Ya mean McDonnell doesn’t think that the pompous windbag serial-cheating-and-dirty-dealings-disgraced-former-speaker Newt Gingrich can beat Obama? No way!

JA on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Add McDonnell to the list of people HA’ers now despise.

RINO on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Considering that Romney and Paul are the only ones on the VA balot it means everything. NickDeringer on January 20, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Exactly. At the same time, what choice did he have?

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

At least he didn’t pick the pervert speaker.

Falz on January 20, 2012 at 9:22 AM

who would…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

His endorsement will help Romney but diminish his standing. He will prolly be his VP pick. Boring.

celticdefender on January 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Karl Magnus on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Karl, An open question to you and those of your ilk. If and when Romney becomes the GOP nominee will you all start showing some respect or are you going to remain hate-filled idiots and let Obama win a second term?

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I like our governor.   But I think this was political expediancy.  

After Perry was shot down on his bid for getting on the VA ballot he had a choice between Romney or Paul.

He did make the right choice.

TerryW on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

As I said on another thread, this seems a bit strange. After all, it is McDonnell’s state of Virginia that is suing the federal government over Obamacare–which is the offspring of Romneycare. McDonnell missed an opportunity to keep his mouth shut IMO.

KickandSwimMom on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

The fix is in

CorporatePiggy on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Has the VA GOP privatized bottled liquor sales yet?

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

The Dems quashed that idea.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

John Sununu….

…was impressive.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Lol!

MTLassen on January 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Meh. You know who else endorses Romney?

Obama.

fogw on January 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

“He can win Democrats and independents to our cause.”

It truly is “deja-vu all over again”.

Marcus on January 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Why do they never worry about the Republican base? It’s odd.

Fallon on January 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

PLEASE be the ticket

UBuffaloBulls on January 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

As I said on another thread, this seems a bit strange. After all, it is McDonnell’s state of Virginia that is suing the federal government over Obamacare–which is the offspring of Romneycare. McDonnell missed an opportunity to keep his mouth shut IMO. KickandSwimMom on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

The federal government has no authority to impose OboobaCare on the nation.

Massachusetts has every right to do basically anything it wants.

If the federal government models a program after a state program, yet doesn’t have the authority to implement or enforce it, then the fault lies with the federal government, not the state.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

As I said on another thread, this seems a bit strange. After all, it is McDonnell’s state of Virginia that is suing the federal government over Obamacare–which is the offspring of Romneycare. McDonnell missed an opportunity to keep his mouth shut IMO.

KickandSwimMom on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Romney, and I assume McDonnell as well, think Romneycare should be in Massachusetts only. There is no conflict at all. The problem is with pushing it on everyone at a national level.

RINO on January 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Ken Doll 1 to Ken Doll 2….come in Ken Doll 2….

ToddPA on January 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Lol! MTLassen on January 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

So you must have heard it and can counter anything he said.

Say on.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Told ya.

BacaDog on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

The Dems quashed that idea.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Why am I not surprised either at that quashing or at the Pubbies’ acceptance of same?

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Are you trying to get people to stay home on election day? ‘Cause that’s what I hear in your challenge.

Fallon on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Ken Doll 1 to Ken Doll 2….come in Ken Doll 2….

ToddPA on January 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I had the same impression. Not that there’s anything wrong with Ken dolls, but this pair looked a little white bread even for me.

DaydreamBeliever on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Two words: David Souter

‘Nuff said.

MTLassen on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Romney is shaking his tax forms in anger

davemason2k on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

He did make the right choice.

TerryW on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Of course he did but can you imagine the fun if Bob McDonnell had endorsed Ron Paul?!!! :0

The bigger question IMO is if the qualification standards in Virginia are really that much harder than other states or if (as I maintain) Gingrich and Perry simply did not have an effective organization.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Considering that Romney and Paul are the only ones on the VA balot it means everything. NickDeringer on January 20, 2012 at 9:22 AM

that just goes to show how disorganized Newt and his campaign/org is, he can hardly manage that, nobody in his right mind would entrust Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde with running the country…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Has the VA GOP privatized bottled liquor sales yet?

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

No. It got shot down by the legislature.

TerryW on January 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Who else could he endorse? Mittens is a governor and he and Paul are the only ones on the VA ballot. Granted, he could’ve remained silent and not endorsed anyone, but this isn’t exactly a shocker.

Doughboy on January 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

He’s been a good governor for my state, and would make a decent VP choice.

stefanite on January 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Two words: David Souter

‘Nuff said.

MTLassen on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

So you admit that you didn’t hear it and are just dismissing it ad hominem.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

The elites like Willard for some reason….

Maybe thats why he was booed

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Are you trying to get people to stay home on election day? ‘Cause that’s what I hear in your challenge.

Fallon on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Hey if qualified voters are stupid enough to stay home on election day then they get the leaders they deserve. Enough said about that.

What I’m tired of seeing is supposedly conservative posters making snide comments about Romney. I think it is fair to ask if they will eventually come around to supporting the Republican nominee or if they will sit out this election in a snit because their ideologically more pure candidate didn’t get the nomination.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Never claimed to have heard it, sport. My message is simple: John Sununu has zero credibility. Prop him up all you like. It just makes you look silly.

MTLassen on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Calling all Republican robots, please listen the the orders from the commanders of the party and fall in line to endorse our new dear leader who will lose in this next election. Thank You, that is all.

jistincase on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

PLEASE be the ticket

UBuffaloBulls on January 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I guess the Virginia governor wants to be the Joe JimBob Something Kemp.

Marcus on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Establishment hack. The GOP loves to lose elections with phonies like Romney.

We deserve whatever loss we get.

M_J_S on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

The bigger question IMO is if the qualification standards in Virginia are really that much harder than other states or if (as I maintain) Gingrich and Perry simply did not have an effective organization.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

It’s both, but clearly Gingrich and Perry didn’t have the organizational prowess to get it done. And again, how is someone who can’t make the ballot in the state he lives in supposed to be effective against the Obama machine? VA isn’t the only state he’s missed, either.

changer1701 on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Has the VA GOP privatized bottled liquor sales yet?

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Even Liberal states don’t have government controlling bottled liquor. VA is communist they just don’t know it yet

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Uhh, care to remember that PERRY is ALSO a southern governor…one for a state that is actually pretty successful. And who did he endorse?

michaelo on January 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Determined to make that Hindenburg flight. Mitt is the establishment’s main man, but that is not translating into overwhelming support amongst us rabble right now.

Southernblogger on January 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Never claimed to have heard it, sport. My message is simple: John Sununu has zero credibility. Prop him up all you like. It just makes you look silly. MTLassen on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I carry no brief for him, just said that he made cogent arguments for and against. Are you saying that it’s impossible for him to do that?

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Exactly. At the same time, what choice did he have?

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

He could have not endorsed. This was a pretty tin-ear-to-the people move and it won’t be forgotten. Ron Paul is going to do very well in VA’s primary because many Repubs will cast a vote for the not-Romney candidate and Paul is the only one there. No write-ins allowed.

MissMagnolia on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

MissMagnolia on January 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

It won’t be forgotten by whom, supporters of the candidates who forgot to get on the ballot?

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Establishment hack. The GOP loves to lose elections with phonies like Romney.

We deserve whatever loss we get.

M_J_S on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

‘Cause Newt Gingrich is going to win the general!

haner on January 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Uhh, care to remember that PERRY is ALSO a southern governor…one for a state that is actually pretty successful. And who did he endorse?

michaelo on January 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

True but he endorsed Newt because he’s not Romney and he’s not Santounion.

workingclass artist on January 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

When the going gets tough and the msm is laying wood to the Republican nominee how will they handle it?

Mitt would get a st stu stut stuttering attack.
Newt will rip their heart out and hand it to them.

Southernblogger on January 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

What I’m tired of seeing is supposedly conservative posters making snide comments about Romney.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Then, you counter their arguments. You don’t revert to elementary school taunts, calling them stupid, hate-filled idiots. With these types of attacks on conservatives, I admit, I have come to dislike Romney supporters way more than I dislike Romney.

Fallon on January 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

John Sununu made a vigorous defense of Mitt today with Byron York on Bennett, and also knocked Newt down, took his shoes off, tied them together, and threw them over a phone line.

It was impressive.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Listened to that this morning! Just when I’m ready to take a 9th look at Newt, someone has to make sense!
We do not do so well when we get someone from the Senate or the Congress, and do better with governer’s.
Where did that well vetted golfer in the White House come from?

KOOLAID2 on January 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

The Ticket?

Well, if Romney gets the nomination, McDonnell is the one I’d like to see heading up the rear.

Flora Duh on January 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Figured to see you over here, Mittens does put you in a dreamlike trance. Just wanted to let you know, dropped a box of razors off to you in the post this a.m. If we are going seeing so much of you around here, the least you can do if shave those pits, seriously that’s not a great look little girl.

Bmore on January 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Meh. You know who else endorses Romney?

Obama.

fogw on January 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

*snicker*

workingclass artist on January 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Paul/Manning 2012

Bishop on January 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

So the serious conservative leaders are throwng in with Romney while all the idiots and crackpots are lining up behind Newt. Funny how that works.

The Count on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

If we are going to be seeing

My mistake little girl.

Bmore on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

If it’s Mittens he will chose an Hispanic like Rubio,Sandoval or Martinez. He’s burned that voting block so he’ll need to.

workingclass artist on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Establishment hack. The GOP loves to lose elections with phonies like Romney.

We deserve whatever loss we get.

M_J_S on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Do you live in VA?

I do. McDonnell is no “establishment hack.” He’s actually been a pretty good governor, especially considering our last one (Tim Kaine) was an utter fool.

And he’s a reliable conservative, too. He’d probably be an excellent choice for VP to WHOMEVER winds up being the eventual nominee (be it Romney, Gingrich, Santorum or *snicker* Paul).

But wait, I forgot, in conservative politics circa 2012, unless you’re some sort of foaming-at-the-mouth, bomb-throwing “true conservative”, you’re an “Establishment hack” or a dirty RINO, or something.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Add McDonnell to the list of people HA’ers now despise.

RINO on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Yep.

He uttered a kind word about Mitt Romney. That’s apparently been added to the list of mortal sins. So out comes the pitchforks and torches.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

It won’t be forgotten by whom, supporters of the candidates who forgot to get on the ballot?

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Yup …. and I know what you’re saying. Candidate incompetence not to be on the ticket, but the VA GOP is running a circus with all sorts of hoop-jumping required …. Lots of grassroots energy here … Romney is not their “cup of tea”.

MissMagnolia on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

The VP candidate should be a hat tip to the base. McDonnell would fit that bill.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Even Liberal states don’t have government controlling bottled liquor. VA is communist they just don’t know it yet

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

You’re an idiot. There are 19 states with ABC type stores for spirits.

1. Alabama
2. Idaho
3. Iowa
4. Maine
5. Maryland
6. Michigan
7. Mississippi
8. Montana
9. New Hampshire
10. North Carolina
11. Ohio
12. Oregon
13. Pennsylvania
14. Utah
15. Vermont
16. Virginia
17. Washington
18. West Virginia
19. Wyoming

BacaDog on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

But wait, I forgot, in conservative politics circa 2012, unless you’re some sort of foaming-at-the-mouth, bomb-throwing “true conservative”, you’re an “Establishment hack” or a dirty RINO, or something.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

You can forget that part. Don’t equate those not supporting Romney with the nutballs, Romney has plenty of those himself. If Romney can win in the south in this winnowed field he will deserve the nomination and it will take the votes of a lot of those folks you are denigrating to do that.

And most of us know that McDonnell isn’t a hack.

cozmo on January 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

… Romney is not their “cup of tea”.
MissMagnolia on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

It seems odd then, that they plotted a course that only Mitt and RP could navigate.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Establishment hack. The GOP loves to lose elections with phonies like Romney.

We deserve whatever loss we get.

M_J_S on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I agree, except for the “WE.” Let’s replace “WE” with “They.”

We need someone that’s not going to care what people, congress thinks when he does his total dismantling of everything Obama has done. Who knows after four years the may want to throw him out but not until all the cancer is removed in total.

Shain1611 on January 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

But wait, I forgot, in conservative politics circa 2012, unless you’re some sort of foaming-at-the-mouth, bomb-throwing “true conservative”, you’re an “Establishment hack” or a dirty RINO, or something.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

My favorite is when I’m called a, “Progressive Conservative”. By the same people who are now holding their hand over their heart and blessing Newt as a “changed man”. Gag.

BettyRuth on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Better start getting used to saying Vice President McDonnell!

dczombie on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Lee Atwater’s daughter addresses SRLC,

endorses Newt Gingrich
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Submitted 16 mins ago by editor

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

It is incredible how many people in this site want to vote for a pervert like Newt Gingrich. This is why i don’t trust evangelicals.

Falz on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Do you live in VA?

I do. McDonnell is no “establishment hack.” He’s actually been a pretty good governor, especially considering our last one (Tim Kaine) was an utter fool.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I live in VA, too. McDonnell is no “hack” …. but he is ‘establishment’. He’s got aspirations beyond VA & to do that, you have to get on the GOP bus. By endorsing Mitt, he’s bought his bus ticket. The thought of Tim “The Eyebrow” Kaine in the Senate gives me heartburn.

MissMagnolia on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

John Sununu made a vigorous defense of Mitt today with Byron York on Bennett, and also knocked Newt down, took his shoes off, tied them together, and threw them over a phone line.

It was impressive.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

John Sununu – The elder Bush’s, chief of staff and champion of Bush breaking his “no new taxes” pledge – which was not just an awful economic idea but the gift to the Clintons & Perot in the next election… and let’s not forget where that idea of the “moderate” judge David Souter came from. Sununu is also a recipient of major support from the Falconer’s (light squared) among other troubling donors.

Sununu also has a well documented Anti-Israel and some would say Anti-Semitic history.

batterup on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Newt’s adultry did not kill unborn babies like Mitt’s proabortion policies did.
Newt publicly said he sinned and have asked God to forgive him.
I don’t remember Mitt doing that.

evergreenland on January 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

So the serious conservative leaders are throwng in with Romney while all the idiots and crackpots are lining up behind Newt. Funny how that works.

The Count on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

10 of the top 10 Mitt financial supporters are all Wall Street investment groups, and 18 of the top 20 are the same, lining up behind Mitt, funny how that works.
95% of the Mormons are lined up behind Mitt. Funny how that works.
But Mitt has never won in a national race, he lost to the man who lost to Obama. Funny how that works.

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

O’Donnell would be a good choice for VEEP if it came to that.

DRayRaven on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Romney is not their “cup of tea”.
MissMagnolia on January 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

It seems odd then, that they plotted a course that only Mitt and RP could navigate.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

He’s not the people’s cup of tea ….. he IS the GOP’s.

MissMagnolia on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I don’t remember Mitt doing that.

evergreenland on January 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Mitt never sinned, he has never made a mistake…

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

It is incredible how many people in this site want to vote for a pervert like Newt Gingrich. This is why i don’t trust evangelicals.

Falz on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Great, a bomb thrower with no facts…what “perversion” has Newt participated in?
Your facts are….?

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I have a thing about elected officials endorsing, so for me it just makes me think less of the endorser.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Mitt never sinned, he has never made a mistake…

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Being pro choice and supporting those policies that causes abortion is not a sin?

evergreenland on January 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

The ticket?

I hope not! I voted for McDonnell, but at the State level there’s only so much damage a social conservative can do (and it helped that his opponent was a train wreck). A large part of Romney’s draw for economic conservatives, classical liberals, and independents is that, while he personally is socially-conservative, he isn’t planning on forcing the rest of us to live like he does. This is in sharp contrast to Santorum, who is planning to force the rest of us to live as conservatively as he does (and hates capitalism, to boot), and to Gingrich, who is planning to force the rest of us to live as conservatively as he doesn’t (and hates capitalism, to boot).

I can’t remember the last time a presidential candidate defended capitalism explicitly–the last few decades’ worth of Republicans have (occasionally) defended “free enterprise” or “the market system” or some other euphemistic synonym (Forbes may have done it in 1996, but he wasn’t in the race long enough for his platform to make an impression). Romney is the best candidate on matters of economic freedom since Goldwater, and y’all’d be fools to pass on the chance.

If you get a chance, flip to the index of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism and look up “Compassionate Conservatism”. If you pass on Romney now, all your candidates in the future will be created in the image of Bush, Huckabee, and Santorum.

hicsuget on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

By the same people who are now holding their hand over their heart and blessing Newt as a “changed man”. Gag.

BettyRuth on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

You seem to be mis-informed, Newt isn’t a “changed” man…it is Mitt who is changed, you know the guy who said he wasn’t a conservative, but now is, the guy who supported abortion, now isn’t, gun laws, but now doesn’t, but still supporting health care mandates, he hasn’t changed on that.
Newt is still the cantankerous mouthy to the press man, that makes the journalist stomach turn when he dresses them down.
And the only one that has led a conservative movement…still after weeks of asking, still trying to find that one shred of evidence that Mitt has supported conservative policies.

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

No surprise.But what happens in VA. primary if for some reason Romney has dropped out.I guess Paul wins.You talking about some anger voters.I just can,t believe the attorney general of VA.would allow the state to have a primary with just one name.

logman1 on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

O’Donnell would be a good choice for VEEP if it came to that.

DRayRaven on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

definitely…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Karl, An open question to you and those of your ilk. If and when Romney becomes the GOP nominee will you all start showing some respect or are you going to remain hate-filled idiots and let Obama win a second term?

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

If it takes four more years of misery for the country to wake up, so be it.
I’ll vote for Willard when Hell freezes over.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

No surprise.But what happens in VA. primary if for some reason Romney has dropped out.

logman1 on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

lol :-) fantasy land much :-)

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

If you pass on Romney now, all your candidates in the future will be created in the image of Bush, Huckabee, and Santorum.

hicsuget on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

News for you…Romney is to the left of all those you mentioned, far left of them.
None of them supported abortion, non of them said they were not conservatives, none of them ever said they were an “independent”, none of them supported individual health mandate from the federal gov., none of them supported gun laws….good grief, Romney is much further left than any that you mentioned, and much more conciliatory to the liberal press.

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Sununu also has a well documented Anti-Israel and some would say Anti-Semitic history. batterup on January 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I don’t recall endorsing John Sununu for president.

He made a good case for Mitt and against Newt. I didn’t detect any anti-Semitism or calls for tax hikes during his interview.

So far no one has said that he didn’t, only that he couldn’t have.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

So the serious conservative leaders are throwng in with Romney while all the idiots and crackpots are lining up behind Newt. Funny how that works.

The Count on January 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

to each their own :-)

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Add McDonnell to the list of people HA’ers now despise.

RINO on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

i don’t have an issue with O’D's endorsement of Mitt any more than I had a problem with Bolton. both gentlemen are solid conservatives and if they’ve decided to support Mitt I’m certain they have valid reasons. I’m not one to through ‘RINO’ around-so what do I know.
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annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

McDonnell is impressed with Romney’s record, substance and presidential demeanor. Newt fans are impressed with Newt because he sounds like a pro wrestler at debates.

swamp_yankee on January 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Even Liberal states don’t have government controlling bottled liquor. VA is communist they just don’t know it yet

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Um… PA still has gov’t controlled liquor (one of the strictest in the country) and that state is still fairly blue.

I believe the Dems shot down the privatization of liquor here in VA.

lucyvanpelt on January 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

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